National Performing Arts Troupe

The one and only theatre institution in Papua New Guinea

The famous iconic and historical building, the Raun Raun Theatre building now knows as The National Performing Arts Troupe

The famous iconic and historical building, the raun raun theatre building is base in Goroka, the capital of Easter Highlands Province. The Building was built in 1980 through to1981. And it was officially in 1982

I June 1999, the Architectural Society of China recognized and rated this building as one of the top 5 iconic and historical buildings in the world.

The National Performing Arts Troupe (NPAT) ( formerly knows as Raun Raun Theatre) is one of the three (3) sister institutions of the National Cultural Commission (NCC). The other two are the National Film Institution (NFI) who is also based in Goroka and the Institute of PNG Studies (IPNGS) who is based in Port Moresby.

Acting Executive Director Steven Enomb kilanda with Director John T.Doa and the staffs of National Performing Arts Troupe
Major Function of National Perfroming Arts Troupe:
1. Develop awareness drama on the cross cutting issue
2. Train the community and the young generation (school kids) on the importance of theater arts and culture
3. Develop major theatrical productions myths and legends of  the four (4) regions of PNG

Standard programs and manuals  
have been put in place to carry out the mentioned functions

The Annual National Bilasim skin Festival

The Annual National Bilasim skin Festival is usually implemented in Goroko during the term three school holidays which is September.
The following activities are implemented during the program:

a) Traditional bilas dressing and body art
b) Hausman meri skul rok in the night and skul tok on cross cutting issues during the day. The life is maneuvering through the challenges Manuel is used during the day to offload information to the participates. Sometimes profisssional from other firms come and give advice and life history of themselves so that participants adhere to.
c) Show case of the Annual School Holiday Program

School Holiday Program

Out from the Annual National Bilasim Skin (Skin decoration) Festival, the Annual School Holiday Program was created. This is implemented at the hauslain level every school holidays. NPAT introduce the schools to work with the hauslains.

 This program is the feeder to the Annual Bilasim Skin Festival staged in September ever year. And the activities involved include:

  • Traditional and creatve music
  • Traditional and creative dance
  • Body Art and Catwalk
  • Miming and puppet acting
  • Exhibition and debate
  • Drama and forum

Contact us

+675 323 5111
+675 720 0000

Goroka, Eastern Highlands

National Cultural Commission

" Papua New Guinea at present is experiencing growth in the creative industry. This scenario impacts people’s tastes for fashion, art and life, and these must be encouraged by a favorable cultural policy framework. "

Steven Komb Kilanda
Acting Executive Director

NCC Division

Executive Services
Corporate (Management) Services
Policy, Research and Regulatory Services
Cultural Services Development


+675 323 5222 / 5111

+675 325 9119

Down Town, Port Moresby